Special Events, Seminars, Guided Tours and Plant Sales

*hours of operation differ from normal hours on special events ending with an asteric

 

 

Guided Walk: March 7 (10am - 12pm) 2015

Kanapaha offers a guided tour of the Gardens the first Saturday of every month, starting at 10:00am. The docent is Master Gardener, Alicia Nelson. Regular admission price for non-members and members are admitted free of charge.

 

Spring Garden Festival: March 21 (9am - 5pm) & 22 (10am - 5pm) 2015

This is Gainesville's premier horticultural event. The Spring Garden Festival features about 175 booths offering plants, landscape displays, garden accessories, arts and crafts, educational exhibits and, of course, foods. Also featured are live entertainment and live auctions. The children's area is included with the admission price and includes potting up a plant to take home, a photo opportunity, a bean bag toss, and many arts and crafts, such a making a tissue paper butterfly, newspaper hats, and coke bottle flowers. Parking is free and two off-site parking areas are serviced by shuttle buses. Admission is $8 for Adults and $5 for children three to thirteen. Cash only (no credit cards) at these events. A $2 discount is given for members of Kanapaha. If you are interested in being a vendor, download an application by clicking here. Please refer to the FLEPPC plant guide of plant species we ask you to avoid selling by clicking here.

Sponsors of the show include: Visit Gainesville, Dominos Pizza and Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives

 

Easter Egg Hunt: March 29 (11am)

There will be 3000 candy and toy filled eggs spread over Kanapaha's expansive lawns for the youngsters to hunt. Bring a picnic basket for collecting the eggs. Show up promptly as children quickly find the the eggs. Come early and stay late to enjoy the 62 acre botanical gardens. Children $7 plus tax, Adults regular admission, Adult members get in free.

 

Guided Walk: April 4 (10am - 12pm) 2015

Kanapaha offers a guided tour of the Gardens the first Saturday of every month, starting at 10:00am. The docent is Master Gardener, Alicia Nelson. Regular admission price for non-members and members are admitted free of charge.

 

Guided Walk: May 2 (10am - 12pm) 2015

Kanapaha offers a guided tour of the Gardens the first Saturday of every month, starting at 10:00am. The docent is Master Gardener, Alicia Nelson. Regular admission price for non-members and members are admitted free of charge.

 

Moonlight Walk: May 2 (7pm-11pm) 2015

Kanapaha's Moonlight Walk is a magical experience where there will be twinkle lights, lanterns, and approximately 1500 luminaries along a 1.25 mile walkway. There will also be live entertainment, food, and refreshments. Feel free to bring out a blanket or lawn chairs. The Alachua Astronomy Club will be out with telescopes to view the cosmos. Fourteen dollars for adults, $7 for children ages three to thirteen. Members receive a $4 discount. No pets allowed during this event. If you would like to be a food vendor for our Moonlight Walk, please download an application here

 

Mother's Day Special: May 10, 2015

FREE admission to mothers of all ages!

 

Guided Walk: June (10am - 12pm) 2015

Kanapaha offers a guided tour of the Gardens the first Saturday of every month, starting at 10:00am. The docent is Master Gardener, Alicia Nelson. Regular admission price for non-members and members are admitted free of charge.

 

Father's Day Special: June 21, 2015

FREE admission to fathers of all ages!

 

Guided Walk: July 4 (10am - 12pm) 2015

Kanapaha offers a guided tour of the Gardens the first Saturday of every month, starting at 10:00am. The docent is Master Gardener, Alicia Nelson. Regular admission price for non-members and members are admitted free of charge.

 

Guided Walk: August 1 (10am - 12pm) 2015

Kanapaha offers a guided tour of the Gardens the first Saturday of every month, starting at 10:00am. The docent is Master Gardener, Alicia Nelson. Regular admission price for non-members and members are admitted free of charge.

 

Guided Walk: September 5 (10am - 12pm) 2015

Kanapaha offers a guided tour of the Gardens the first Saturday of every month, starting at 10:00am. The docent is Master Gardener, Alicia Nelson. Regular admission price for non-members and members are admitted free of charge.

 

Paint Out: September 11 (10am-5pm) 12 & 13 (10am - 7pm) 2015

Local landscape artists will be gathering to create live paintings at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. The 3 day event is part of the 13th Worldwide Artist Paint Out, linking artists and locations all over the world and promoting art as a universal language that has no borders. The lush settings and vistas of Kanapaha Gardens will offer the artists an abundance of inspiration. The gardens have long been a muse for the local creative community, and hosted in 2002 one of the very first paint outs in Florida. Since then, these events have seen an explosion of popularity and patronage. Come join us! Witness the mysterious creative process as you stroll through the gardens from artist to artist. They will marvel you with their sleight of hand as they magically create masterpieces before your very eyes! Regular admission price for non-members and members are admitted free of charge.

 

Guided Walk: October 3 (10am - 12pm) 2015

Kanapaha offers a guided tour of the Gardens the first Saturday of every month, starting at 10:00am. The docent is Master Gardener, Alicia Nelson. Regular admission price for non-members and members are admitted free of charge.

 

Fall Plant Sale and Orchid Show: October 17 & 18 (9am-5pm) 2015

Each October, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens holds an Open House & Fall Plant Sale, inviting visitors to see the facility ADMISSION FREE. Kanapaha Botanical Gardens formally opened to the public in October of 1987 and the Open House is a means of celebrating our 'birthday.' In addition to viewing the botanical gardens, approximately 50 booth will be set up selling a wide variety of plants. The American Orchid Society's judged orchid show will coincide with the Fall Plant Sale and will take place inside Kanapaha's entrance building. Bring cash because most vendors do not accept credit cards. Pets are not allowed at these festivals.

 

Veteran's Day Special: November 11, 2015

Active or retired military get into the Gardens FREE on Veteran's Day. Thank you for your services to this country!

 

Guided Walk: December 5 (10am - 12pm) 2015

Kanapaha offers a guided tour of the Gardens the first Saturday of every month, starting at 10:00am. The docent is Master Gardener, Alicia Nelson. Regular admission price for non-members and members are admitted free of charge.

 

 

 

Meeting Schedule for Horticulture Societies


Gainesville Camellia Society (view website): Third Sunday 2:00 p.m.
Gainesville Orchid Society (view website): Fourth Monday 6:30 p.m.



(Meeting times are subject to change. Please call ahead to confirm. 372-4981)
















4700 S.W. 58th Drive Gainesville, FL 32608, (352) 372-4981